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The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest: A Silicon Valley Novel Hardcover – 1 Mar 1997

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (T); First Edition edition (Mar. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679456996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679456995
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,395,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*BOMBARDIERS was a bestseller in the UK and was translated into 12 languages. *Subject matter of THE FIRST 20 MILLION. . . a silicon valley and the internet - will have an even wider appeal than that of BOMBARDIERS. *Author visit. *Massive internet interest. *Praise for BOMBARDIERS: 'the most entertaining depiction of greed and dishonesty on Wall Street ever to see print' BUSINESS WEEK. (1997-05-01) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This is a good light read for something like the plane. It's marketed as a Silicon Valley "thriller", but it's both more and less than this: more because of the characters and information about computing, and less because it didn't for me quite have that "I must turn the page" quality that I associate with true thrillers. There were a few points about the plot that didn't quite make sense to me, as well. Still, I recommend this book. But how quickly things date in computing ...
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From the very first chapter this book grabs the reader. It's vivid descriptions of silicon valley made me feel as if I knew the place. It brilliantly handles the issue of technical language for non techies. One of the only book I've read where I was expecting that extra little twist right up to the last paragraph. If you want to be the next Bill Gates read this
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A great novel of interest to those within the IT industry and anyone interested in the workings of Silicon Valley. The story is gripping and realistic.
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I can see at the time why there would be a lot of interest in this novel as much of it would be new and unknown outside IT circles. It is also interesting that much of it was prophetic about Linux devices etc. Whilst not exactly gripping i couldn't stop myself from getting to the end of it and it had a few twists and turns in the tail as well. Characterisation was a bit light and a bit stereotyped and that may have been intentional, however a lot of the narrative scenes were well observed. Even ten years on worth a read.
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Po Bronson's prose is sharp; his observations keen and funny; his characters are three-dimensional and engaging - and the plot is fast, furious and totally realistic.
This book is a great read and thoroughly recommended for holidays, insomniac nights and blocking out the horrors of tube travel.
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